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That's just plain messed up. When I was a kid, we did not spend much money on birthdays, yet we had lots of fun. Sigh. Good childhood memories.
1 posted on 01/17/2007 4:20:55 PM PST by Ptarmigan
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I see nothing wrong with it. I just can't wait to see what happens when these little spoiled brats get to the real world.


2 posted on 01/17/2007 4:21:59 PM PST by RushCrush (War out!)
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Really? When I was a kid, my parents flew me to New York once each week for my own private sleep over at FAO Schwarz's. It was lots of fun, and I think I'm a better person because of it.


3 posted on 01/17/2007 4:22:52 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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Just raising the next generation of pricks, thats all.


4 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:48 PM PST by Husker24
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Or the sleepover party at New York's upmarket FAO Schwarz toy store on ritzy Fifth Avenue where a store spokeswoman said prices start from $25,000?

Now that just plain damm nuts

5 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:56 PM PST by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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but...but...but...I thought the economy is in horrible shape because of Bush and we are all a paycheck away from homelessness.


6 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:56 PM PST by ilgipper
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Or the sleepover party at New York's upmarket FAO Schwarz toy store on ritzy Fifth Avenue where a store spokeswoman said prices start from $25,000?

I assume that the poor kids have to settle for sleepovers at Toys R' Us.

8 posted on 01/17/2007 4:28:24 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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As kids my brothers, sisters and I felt like we were treated like royalty for the day - no chores on our birthday, AND we got to say what we'd have for dinner! We loved it.


10 posted on 01/17/2007 4:33:20 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Well, lah-tee-freaking-dah!!!)
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We literally played with "ta-da"s. (Cardboard tubes with cellophane attached to one end with a rubber band.)

It was a lot of fun.
11 posted on 01/17/2007 4:40:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
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Are these the children of the porn-rich?


12 posted on 01/17/2007 4:40:16 PM PST by donna
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to do less would be abusing the "children"


14 posted on 01/17/2007 4:44:22 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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It ain't the kids that are messed up -- it's the parents that are messed up.

Kids can have fun with a home-made cake around a formica kitchen table and a few games like pin the tail on the donkey and bobbling for apples. They. Don't. Care. Not about things like stretch limos and F.A.O. Schwartz.

It's the parents that are behaving badly -- using their kids as the trigger a weird modern form of potlatch. The parents need to be spanked and sent to bed without supper.


15 posted on 01/17/2007 4:44:39 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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Thankfully, 75% of my kids have their birthday in June, so it's the the traditional pool party, cake and ice cream. I'm sure kids have just as much fun at my kids parties, maybe even more, than these rich kids parties.

Dads who hang out gett all the beer they care to drink, btw, and moms get my world famous high speed mudlsides.


16 posted on 01/17/2007 4:45:41 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.")
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Gee it is their money but this seems to be a bit much when the kids are so young.

Maybe it is one of those "more for the parent then the kid" things like designer baby clothes.

19 posted on 01/17/2007 4:53:11 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (We must have faith For when it is all said and done, Faith manages. And the impossible is achieved)
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If the children were better behaved and they and their parents were nicer people, maybe they wouldn't have to buy friends.
25 posted on 01/17/2007 5:04:46 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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A friend of mine is the son of a hollywood star from the 50s and early 60s, and his birthday party used to be a private party at Disneyland, with Walt Disney there. (His mom starred in some Disney films). So, this is nothing new, just a sign that more people have lots of money.


30 posted on 01/17/2007 5:11:01 PM PST by Defiant (Obama as President would make us an Obama Nation.)
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These are people with too much money and time on their hands...

... and the same goes for their children.

32 posted on 01/17/2007 5:16:33 PM PST by Gritty (Citizens of advanced western democracies are increasingly the world’s wrinkliest teenagers-Mk Steyn)
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I have a friend who throws big birthday parties for her little girl, starting when she was like 2 years old! They aren't extravagant...But what gets me is the mom invites all of her adult friends, not the little girls' friends. There were 30 people at the last one. What's wrong with that? It makes the kid think that she is the center of the universe! She will keep expecting bigger and better parties as she gets older. Funny, her mom has always seemed to place importance on her own birthday, expecting parties and attention herself. Interesting...

They had a bit about this on the radio the other day. One lady called in to say she plans her kid's party four months in advance! And she was calling to say it's okay because she is teaching the kid "event planning" and "budgeting" skills. Yea, right. That kid is going to expect people to pull down the moon for him. Wouldn't want to be his future employer.

Me? When I was like 3 or 4, my parents had a little party for me with neighbor kids. When they sang "Happy Birthday" to me, I cried! I didn't want all that attention. That was the end of the birthday parties for me, as far as I can remember.


33 posted on 01/17/2007 5:18:02 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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I have a friend who peaked in high school, star athlete, won several achievement awards, got several scholarships to go to prestigious schools... Unfortunately, those were his glory days and he has spent the rest of his life remembering them, but never living up to them nor matching them.

It seems to me that these parents are giving these kids childhood experiences that can never be equaled nor matched again in their lives. So, do those kids turn into snobs or brats who are never satisfied by "normal" experiences? Expectations, hopes and dreams are better than childhood memories of excess.

36 posted on 01/17/2007 5:20:25 PM PST by GBA (God Bless America!)
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We used to spend a certain amount of time on the Upper East Side, and whenever we walked down Fifth Avenue we'd go into FAO Schwartz with the kids.

We couldn't really afford to buy anything, but it's kind of a fairy wonderland, or at least it was. I haven't been there in recent years. They had slides the kids could go down, large toy animals they could ride, and all sorts of marvellous things to look at.

Then we'd stop and look at the jewelry in the Tiffany's window. I hate to shop, and I'd never buy any of that kind of stuff, but some of it was pretty beautiful to just stop and admire for a minute.


38 posted on 01/17/2007 5:23:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Games, cake, ice cream, goodies in paper cupcake liners, open presents and home.


50 posted on 01/17/2007 5:42:21 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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